Local Leaders Working To Keep Topeka's Air Traffic Control Towers Open

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Local leaders are working together to keep Topeka's two air traffic control towers open, amidst plans to reduce budgets due to the sequestration.

Commissioner Shelly Buhler, Mayor Bill Bunton, and Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce President Doug Kinsinger reached out to Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

In letters sent at the end of February, they listed the military, commercial airline contracts, and the possibility of becoming home to new Air Force tankers as reasons why the towers at Forbes Field and Billard Airport need to remain open.

They are among seven Kansas towers that face closure.